After Medals Galore in CWG 2014, National Rifle Association of India Benefit From Government Grants

In the 2012 London Olympics, pistol shooter Vijay Kumar won the gold medal and rifleman Gagan Narang bagged the silver. Indian shooters also won 17 medals, including three gold medals, in last month's Commonwealth Games.

updated: August 12, 2014 23:33 IST
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Gagan Narang celebrates after winning the silver medal in the men's 50m Rifle Prone final event during the Commonwealth Games at Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Glasgow.


With shooters bringing laurels at major international meets, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has emerged as the biggest beneficiary of government grants in the last three years. (Also read: Sports ministry set to implement welfare schemes for sportspersons)

Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in a reply to a query in the Lok Sabha, presented a detailed report of the funds allocated to the National Sports Federations (NSFs) in the last three years. (Syringes found in Indian athletes' CWG 2014 rooms, no evidence of doping: Report)

In 2013-14, the NRAI topped the list with a grant of Rs 1,960.68 crore. NRAI was followed by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) with Rs 1429.12 crore, while Hockey India (HI) was third on the list with a grant of Rs.1268.19 crore. (India happy with top-five finish at CWG 2014)

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